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    commanteer

    Been hearing of this impending crash of over 25 years but yet still waiting.

    In less than 2 years, the yen has lost almost 50% of its value. Many would say the crash is already here. The full effect of it will take some time to be felt, as it is currently being partly hidden by government spending.

    The good news is that economies often quickly rebound from a crash, like a tree after pruning, if the government doesn't interfere. The bad news is that Japan's government will continue to interfere. When things get really bad, some populist group will come in promising to get money from the rich and give to the poor/working class. They will instead take from the rich and give to themselves.

    This is basic history, repeated again and again. People always forget. It's like major earthquakes. People who warn of them are ignored, or even laughed at, if the earthquakes don't arrive on schedule. Then it happens, nobody is prepared, they promise to take action for the next time, and eventually forget about it again.

    A crash isn't the end of the world. It's horrible, many people have a very hard time for a couple years, many wealthy investors lose everything (this is the part they are trying to avoid), those who still have money make a bundle buying up stuff on the cheap, the economy resets and grows again. There's really no getting around it, and it will be a dangerous time politically.

    Posted in: BOJ strikes more upbeat view on economy, holds off fresh measures

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    commanteer

    National public servants, lawmakers, and many private companies people got larger bonuses.

    You do understand that public servants and lawmakers are government employees? That government employees do not contribute to the GNP? Those bonuses are from tax dollars, i.e. money removed from the productive part of the economy. Tax collectors paying more money to themselves is not a sign of an improving economy.

    Kuroda is not stupid. He has to give these bogus pep talks. No voters want to hear that their pensions, nice civic centers and great health care all cost well beyond anything the country can pay. The government needs the yen to crash and burn. That's the only way they can pay their yen-based debt to the people of Japan.

    It's economics 101. Japan is going to crash hard, and there is no way around it. These are just delaying tactics to make sure that the wealthy and connected can shore up their wealth before the crash. The rest of us are pawns. Keep the little people optimistic so they can soak a little more cash out of the system before the whole thing comes crashing down.

    The only good that might come out of the crash will be if the Japanese get angry enough to clean out the corruption in government and their big money cronies. Japan could thrive if these characters were out of the way.

    If you have a family and savings, you should not have too much of that in yen. Unless you can weather a 90% loss.

    Posted in: BOJ strikes more upbeat view on economy, holds off fresh measures

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    JapanGal, that's why most people go shopping, all around the world. Buying something does make people feel good, for a day or so. Not a lasting cure, but if it's at a flea market it's probably cheap and there's little harm in it. People are materialistic by nature, some more than others.

    Posted in: Flea market bargains provide cheer amid Japan's economic gloom

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    ...smokers in Japan are more self-centered and unconcerned with non-smokers around than any other country.

    I don't know how you can say that unless you have been to every country in the world. From the countries I have been to, I would say Japan is better than average. Still far to go, but hardly the worst place with regard to smoke. I've been to places where people are offended if you refuse their offer to smoke a cigarette along with them. No such concept as "no smoking" at all.

    It's a nasty habit but Japan has improved considerably.

    Posted in: Smoke haters go after smokers with a vengeance

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    commanteer

    Not to be picky, but it sounds like just one person was killed by the snow. Another was hit by snowplow - that's like saying a person run over by a watermelon truck was killed by watermelons. The last was a car accident. They happen on sunny days, too. Not saying the snow wasn't a factor, but it is stretching things to come up with the melodramatic headline of "Heavy Snow Kills 3." Is that fear mongering really necessary?

    Posted in: 5 dead in snow-related accidents; travel disrupted

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    commanteer

    The irony here is that the very people who want a powerful military and a proud Japan are undermining the one thing most necessary for that - a robust economy. They dream of glory while their flagship sinks beneath their feet. Or maybe it's all just a smokescreen to distract the public while they line their pockets as much as they can before things hit bottom.

    Posted in: Abe vows to rewrite constitution, instill patriotism in schools

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    commanteer

    I like metal, but let's face it, it's not exactly the most challenging musical genre out there. So it's a bit funny to see metal purists get worked up over this.

    Posted in: BABYMETAL voted Best Metal Album of the Year by magazine

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    commanteer

    Mariah Carey's song is OK. Last Christmas by Wham - if that's not the most awful Christmas song ever written, it's the most awful Christmas song that ever got airplay. Whine, whine whine....

    Some new songs will join the lexicon, but I'm afraid that a good Christmas requires a touch of naivety, a dose of sincerity and a way with words that we don't see much of in current pop music.

    Posted in: How come there are no new Christmas carols or songs created anymore? Why do we just keep listening to all the old favorites written decades ago?

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    commanteer

    ..."Land of the Free" my hiney.... "We are FREE. Why do you think we have thousands of people breaking every law trying to get in."

    And there are thousands of people trying to get into China. So what? People crossing borders is not a measure of freedom. The US borders Mexico. Somehow, I don't think the founding fathers dreamed that their descendants would be boasting, "at least we're better than Mexico."

    Is there politics behind this report? Of course. There's politics behind everything in the "land of the free."

    Posted in: Brutal CIA questioning didn't work, Senate report says

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    Since the arrest last time, she has been vocal in her cartoons and speeches criticising police. They seem to have arrested her again to safeguard their integrity

    Because, of course, the "integrity" of the police withers under even the slightest criticism. Disgraceful conduct by the people who are supposed to be protecting citizens, not ruling over them.

    Posted in: Sex shop owner freed; vagina artist still held

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    Media outlets report that upon learning the woman was a police officer, Ukai’s “spirits sank.

    Wish I could have seen that. The look on his face must have been priceless.

    Posted in: Policewoman grabs groper on train

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    Some people just love to complain. Put them in heaven and they'll wine about the noisy harp music. Marry somebody from another culture, and you get that culture - the good and the bad. I think people who whine at Christmas should be sent to live with the truly destitute for a year, until they have learned about gratitude.

    Posted in: Japanese wives in int'l marriages share what they hate about Christmas overseas

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    Ah, Smith. Platforms come and go, but I will agree that the Democrats usually have more plans and schemes to make everything right in the world. And that's not good, as most of the problems in the world are caused by overly powerful governments.

    Americans don't need a new government plan. They need the government to get out of the way. Unfortunately, most Americans are well and truly brainwashed into believing the government is helping them. So, those with the real common sense have resigned themselves to waiting for people to get the cold shower they so desperately need.

    Posted in: Republican prospects clash on foreign policy

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    commanteer

    why are English names for intimate body parts always clinically scientific, crude or childish?

    Because people choose to interpret them those ways. Maybe that's the confined way of thinking that this artist is trying to challenge.

    Posted in: Vagina kayak artist arrested in Japan

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    commanteer

    Of course the Republicans fight and the Dems don't. No reason to fight when everybody has the same lockstep idea. Republicans are debating ideas, while the Dems all agree they want to just keep as much power as they can. Republicans will lose until Americans wake up. Then, welcome President Cruz or President Paul.

    Doing the Boehner/Bush thing is a wishy-washy losing strategy. Just stay on message on the voters will come around when they've suffered enough or suddenly find they can't afford a new iPad.

    Posted in: Republican prospects clash on foreign policy

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    commanteer

    The power of the police in Japan is frightening. Rather than respond to victims or to public need, they simply choose random old laws to enforce at will - while ignore other more important laws they don't want to enforce. None of this reflects the will of the public - it's purely a police power play.

    They banned dancing for example, something you would expect in Taliban controlled areas but not in a modern country. No they hound this poor woman for no reason other than they want to demonstrate their power.

    A police department that freely acts so much at odds with the wants and needs of society is a danger to everyone.

    Posted in: Vagina kayak artist arrested in Japan

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    commanteer

    Obama has done as much as anyone to militarize the federal government, FBI, airport security, even the IRS. Washington sets the example, and the local cops follow along. Thugs from top to bottom. Of course, he has to say these things to his political base. He'll talk about protecting people while adding more chains to them.

    Look at the Black Friday mob scenes. It's trickle down violence.

    Posted in: Obama says he doesn't want 'militarized' police culture

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    Continue destroying the value of the yen, as they are already doing. It's painful for almost everyone, but we must make sacrifices if we are to attract hordes of budget tourists. I would write more, but I have to rush out and greet a Chinese cruise ship with my kids. We juggle for coins.

    Posted in: Japan is looking to increase the number of annual tourists to 20 million by 2020. What suggestions do you have for this to happen?

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    commanteer

    Who would want to the only guy in an all-women student body?

    No shortage of volunteers there!

    Posted in: Man sues women's university over rejection

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    commanteer

    Let me guess. On his right, that's his wife, Akie. And on his left - must be one of his supporters.

    Posted in: Face-off

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